Novel Nuclear Radiation Protection Blanket
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
A "dirty bomb" is a "radiological dispersal device" (RDD) that combines a conventional explosive with radioactive material. Protection from radiation emitted by a RDD will require shielding for first-responders and military personnel who must walk into an environment recently exposed to such explosions for decontamination. The garments currently available in the market are not suitable for such situations. A new breathable and flexible resistant fabric that can shield radiation emitted from radioactive materials such as Cs-137 and Co-60 is therefore required. In the proposed Phase I effort, Materials Modification, Inc. will fabricate a novel breathable blanket made from radiation resistant material and evaluate its radiation shielding property against Cs-137 gamma radiation. In the Phase II, radiation resistant fabrics developed in Phase I will be stitched into radiation blocking garments suitable for extended wear.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Chief Technology Officer
MATERIALS MODIFICATION, INC.
2721-D Merrilee Drive Fairfax, VA 22031
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